Friday Four: Moms fight homesickness for females ballers

 

Being homesick can change many things during a basketball season. If you went away to college far from home you probably have experienced a little homesickness. It’s quite normal and in my opinion nothing to be ashamed about! Arriving and living in a new culture for most people can be overwhelming and very difficult.

I did a little bit of research. Seems that it happens more often than people think. Sure most basketball players start playing in grade school way before college and they are used to being away from home. I have traveled to many of my sons games. I couldn’t afford to go everywhere they went but he was always with a familiar face. Now that he is in college a great distance away, I can’t help but think about him and other basketball players that attend school out of state.

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Psychology experts describe “homesickness” as “a longing for home while away from it,” and also call this feeling “separation anxiety.” Some people get over it quickly, while others take more time. It does not come easy to be thrust into a new college environment where you don’t know anyone.

As a mom I am so proud of my child. He is getting good grades and doing what he loves to do. When he left for school I suggested he hung pictures of our family and friends in his room and by using video services such as Skype and ooVoo to provide free online video chats. It has worked like a charm. But the basketball part is a different story.  I know that he thrives on connections, whether from me or others, on and off the court. A smiling face and atta boy goes a long way. So it was easy for me to focus on the UNCC Women’s basketball players.

They are someone’s child and could use a Atta girl while playing till they go home to their own mama’s.

I would like to see more moms in the stands. Imagine an entire section doing the wave and cheering funny chants. Can you imagine how bright their spirits would be to see more moms there?  Or better yet. How about an All Mom’s Shoot Out during half time? Cool right? We moms could show that we still have skills—– 🙂  They, the promotion team do stuff like that.

True, many people feel that female games are boring and not worth air time. But it has came a long way since the 1900’s. No bikini bodied baskets, but entertaining no less. All of the games we’ve been to this far had all types of promotions going on to get us there and surprises to keep us coming back. enhanced-buzz-homesick 2 enhanced-buzz-1902 homesick

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We found it to be very exciting. They played like girls, not boys and they should -after all they are females.

These ladies play a great game and what I love most about their games is the crowd engagement. They ask you to visit by their game.

Here are four links to check out this week end:

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1 Click here for Queen City Stay At Home Mom Game Night

2. Click here for UNCC’s Women’s page!

3. Click here for scholarship money

4. Click here for tips on playing successful ball

Homesickness affects the majority of students on campus at some point, whether they’re from out-of-state towns, or even just down I-5. For moms we can help them feel better while away from home.

Till the next bounce, Take care! – QC Sueprmom

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Friday Four: D and Cassie are UNCC 49érs Ball Kids!

There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.
Abe Lemmons

My girls are growing up!! They are both Ball Kids for UNC 49érs! Those student athletes put on a good family event, and I’m sure they would LOVE to see more moms and small kids supporting them.

Here 4 reasons to attend  a womens -student athlete college basketball game with your daughter!

1. The girls/players benefits from seeing moms there. Think about it, these kids come from all over the world. Seeing a motherly face is comforting. At best it reminds them that although their moms aren’t there, she’s thinking of them and even over the miles providing them with unconditional love, support and encouragement.

To be a team, you must be a family.

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.
Michael Jordan

2. It will increase the chances of your child being taller!* SERIOUSLY!  All physical
activity and excercise stimulates growth. 🙂
However, we are still limited by our genetics. If you have short genes,
you’ll still end up short, just not quite as short as you would have been
without regular excercise. (It hasalso been said to help build self-esteem and actually save girls’ lives. )

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
Michael Jordan

3. Basketball doesn’t build character it reveals it. Let your girl(s) see how young ladies can be competitive yet respectful. They’ll see them exercising, laughing,communicating, working together…..it’s loaded with life lessons. Young people need models, not critics.

4. Relax! Use that time as a stress reliever! Enjoy the moment. Most games are just $5 for adults and $2 for kids. There’s NOTHING like live entertainment.

The half time entertainment was awesome!